If nuts are a problem for me, should I also avoid coconut butter?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 28, 2011 at 12:48 AM

Hi, I'm trying to heal my IBS and read on here that it may be best to avoid nuts. Then one night last week I ate around a half cup of almond butter and was ridiculously bloated for days afterwards, which effectively drove the point home that you paleohackers know what you are talking about.

But I've been eating a few spoonfuls of Artisana coconut butter every day this week. Could that have the same effect on me? I'm on week 3 of Paleo and I've been more bloated this week, so I'm trying to figure out whether it's the coconut butter or the starchy vegs I introduced (which I've noticed can be gassy in the past), or some wondrously inflating combination thereof. Should I lay off the coconut butter and just stick to coconut oil?

Also, which starchy vegs are the least problematic gas-wise? My sense is that yams, sweet potatoes and parsnips are the worst for me, maybe because they're higher in fructose? Should I just stick to plain old white potatoes? I am tempted to just ditch them altogether and introduce a bit of white rice instead. Of course ideally, once my gut is healed with probiotics, bone broths etc, I'd like to be able to eat tubers more freely.



on October 28, 2011
at 01:18 AM

I'd think that the high fiber content of coconut would be an issue for anyone with IBS. But I don't have it and don't know too much about it

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on October 28, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Coconut butter does have a high fiber content, and definitely could irritate your bowel. Nice to introduce one food at a time so you'll be sure what causes flare ups in the future. For now, you may want to consider taking the coconut butter and the starchy veggies out for a few weeks, then reintroduce in individually, each food for a full three days prior to introduction of the next food.



on October 28, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Everyone is different but I would say any high fiber foods should be introduced in small amounts and individually as well as any new oils or foods in general (coconut in any form is tough for IBS suffers).

I myself have trouble with rice of any kind, very hard to digest and promotes bloating and gas, so for me rice is not a good food for me to eat unless I can 'afford' to take a step backwards.

A 1/2 cup of almond butter is probably way too much fat to digest in one sitting. You'd be better off with a teaspoon or so each day. Nuts in moderation if you can handle them (1 oz day)

Listen to your body!!


on October 28, 2011
at 03:53 AM

Get your blood type and genotype. That is way more accurate. I'm an O Hunter and get a severe headache from even one teaspoon of coconut oil.

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